R.I.P. Roger Moore, 1927 – 2017

Roger Moore, ‘The Saint’, and his Swedish car, a Volvo P1800.

24 May 2017

Göran R Buckhorn writes:

Roger Moore died yesterday, at the age of 89.

For most cinema-goers, Moore was famous for playing James Bond, 007, which he did in seven films, starting with Live and Let Die in 1973 and ending with A View to a Kill in 1985. Although I liked his version of Bond: a charming – but sometimes deadly – playboy with a sense of humour, always ready to express a witty line whatever pickle he might be in, it was as Simon Templar, ‘The Saint’, I remember him best.

Roger Moore as Simon Templar, a.k.a ‘The Saint’.

Growing up in Sweden in the 1960s, one of the TV series I watched was Moore’s The Saint, which he played in 118 episodes between 1962 and 1969. Maybe the appeal for Swedish boys and young men was that he drove a Swedish car, a white Volvo P1800, that, and his amiable way with the ladies.

Neither of Moore’s characters Simon Templar or James Bond ever rowed, but in the short-lived TV series The Persuaders, which ran between 1971 and 1972, Moore’s Lord Brett Sinclair had rowed at Oxford.

I have mentioned this in an earlier article on HTBS, on 1 October 2010, the day after Tony Curtis died. Curtis played the other lead role in The Persuaders. This is what I wrote about the ‘rowing’ in this TV series:

He was in many memorable movies, but here at HTBS, Curtis will be especially remembered for […] the American playboy Danny Wilde in the TV-series The Persuaders (1971) […]. In The Persuaders Curtis played against British actor Roger Moore, who was the British playboy Lord Brett Sinclair. The show was not successful in the USA, but very popular in some European countries, among them, Sweden. Although, Wilde and Sinclair did not row in the series, every episode began with a ‘presentation’ of the characters Wilde and Sinclair. The latter, being an aristocrat, of course rowed in a Blue Boat at Oxford, which the viewers quickly see flashing by.

See the introduction of The Persuaders:

Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for “services to charity”. In 2008, the French government appointed Moore a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Rest in Peace, Sir Roger!

Editor’s Note: Early this morning the good man Greg Denieffe sent me an image of Roger Moore which has a connection to rowing. The film The Man Who Haunted Himself, released in 1970, is a psychological thriller.

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